Ken Drinkwater reports the entry forms have arrived for the Banbury Steam Fair at Bloxham. Anyone wishing to attend, please see him at club nights for an entry form; forms to be completed by the end of March and returned to him so that he can get them posted off in time.
On February 3rd 2018, a total of 42 BMRCO members/wives/partners enjoyed our annual Winter Meal, this time at a new venue – The Plough in Wolvercote, Oxford. These evenings are a good opportunity for members (and their other halves) to get together socially.
21st April – 22nd April 2018
The club will once again be displaying at this long established show held over the week end of 21/22 April at the Staffordshire Show ground.
This year’s Boxing Day dawned bright and sunny; just as well as the weather took a turn for the worse during the afternoon. The bright and sunny start brought a good turnout of visitors and machines, both VMCC and BMRCO to the fore. We were even honoured (if that’s the right word) by a visiting gang of Harley Davidson riders. This event, originally run in the city centre by the local VMCC, moved to the Red Lion some years ago, is now as firmly established in our calendar as it is in theirs and shows every sign of continuing.
Special thanks to our landlady Jan for providing hot drinks and bacon rolls.
Report and pictures by John Lay
Boxing Day Meet 26th December 2017, Red Lion Cassington
For many years the local VMCC met in the Centre of Oxford prior to their ride out. However Oxford Council decided to no longer make space available for them in the city. The event was in danger of folding, but BMRCO came to the rescue and the meet transferred to the Red Lion in Cassington. Over the intervening years this has become as much our event as theirs, with many club members turning out in support. This year the meet is to be held as before, so come along, bring your bike or just yourself, get some fresh air and blow away the Christmas hangover.
All welcome, Gathering starts around 10 O’clock until mid day, hot and cold drinks available at the bar.
This October saw the club displaying at “Classic Bike Live” for the second time (it’s in fact only the second time this show has run, does that make us “founder members”?). Originally we had asked of space for 13 machines, although in the end we had for various reasons 12 in total, with 10 on show each day – two were displayed Saturday only, but being replaced by two different machines on Sunday.
At first we thought there was going to be a problem as the space marked out for us was too small, we could not have got half of our machines into it. All turned out OK as it happened, the chalk marks on the floor were from a previous event that had not been properly cleaned off, so in fact we ended up with plenty of space.
Attendance at the show itself was a bit thin, better on the Sunday but that at least meant everyone was able to see everything easily without pushing or shoving. Of the trade show/jumble, the jumble was virtually non existent, and just how many cheap tool merchants do you need? Also some of the clubs were placed in a somewhat remote hall which some people never even found, which is not likely to encourage them to return.
That said there were plenty of bikes to see, some interesting people to talk to and even a few thing to buy, so all in all not a bad couple of days out.
Machines displayed :-
Racing Velocette, Aermacchi *, BSA B29, Wall AutoWheel, Norton Commando, BSA M24, Egli Vincent, Norton Model 40, Silk 500, Silk 700, Triumph Trident, Moto Guzzi V65 *
* Guest Machines
Photos show a general view of the Club’s display.
Report and images by John Lay (Chairman)
A total of 17 BMRCO members and guest riders gathered in sunshine at The Red Lion and enjoyed a meandering route to “On Yer Bike” at Westcot where we regrouped. The Ducati dealership appeared to be open with hordes of bikers gathered in the carpark. A more direct route was then taken to Leighton Buzzard.
One of the guest riders was riding a 1929 600cc fore-and-aft Douglas complete with hand change and manual oil-pump.
The bikes ridden to the “event” included a variety of new and shiny bikes of all descriptions as well as a goodly collection of interesting old nails.
Thanks Bob, Rod and Mark for organising….
A few images taken at the annual Cafe Racer Day organised by the Oxford Branch of the NOC and this year held at The Red Lion in Cassington.
Stan Dibben and Ken Sprayson (The Frame Man) kindly judged and presented the prizes for Best Cafe Racer (Featherbed framed Triumph Trident engine) and Furthest Travelled Cafe Racer (Norton Atlas – Southampton).
The “winning” bike was a true masterpiece incorporating an abundance of specially designed and self made components.
Bikers turned up from many parts of the UK either to enter their bike or simply to attend. This is the 5th year the event has been held and will almost certainly take place next year at the same location.
Many thanks to Janice Bowerman-Faulkner of The Red Lion for hosting the event, members of the Cassington Sports and Social Club for manning the bbq and dispensing coffee and tea and to Stan Dibben and Ken Sprayson for gracing us with their presence, judging and presenting the prizes.
The number of attendees was down on previous years, no doubt due to the weather forecast but the 60 or so present all enjoyed the day.
15 BMRCO members turned up and thoroughly enjoyed the event.
Mark the event in your diary for September 2018.😉
Members – our next ride-out, weather permitting, will be to the “Sand and Motorcycles” annual event at leighton Buzzard on Sunday September 24th.
This has grown from a minor meet at a steam train location into a large and popular event – those that attended last year thoroughly enjoyed the day.
For more details check this link http://www.buzzrail.co.uk/static/events.html
Those interested gather at The Red Lion to leave at 10.30 am. Plenty to see and a nice ride to the event.
Questions to ride co-ordinator Mr Bob Hunter
Members – please be advised of the following event.
“For some years now the Oxford Branch of the Norton Owners Club has hosted a Café Racer Day in September – this year it is being held on Saturday September 16th 2017 at a new venue, The Red Lion pub in the middle of Cassington village (OX29 4DN). This venue is well known for its annual Bike Night to which literally thousands of bikes turn up in June. Cassington is just off the A40 Witney road, west of Oxford, east of Eynsham.
Café Racer Day officially starts at noon, and wraps up around 3 p.m with a short prize-presentation for Best Bike and Furthest Ridden café-racer. A very catholic view of what constitutes a café-racer is taken, broadly defining this as a bike with handlebars that end up below the top-yoke, but even that’s not rigidly adhered to if the rest of the bike conforms to what most view as café-racer style!!
There is no charge for entry or admission, but there will be a collection for the Thames Valley and Chilterns Air Ambulance Service or similar ‘bike-oriented’ charity. If you have a café racer your’d like to bring along, ridden or by van / trailer matters not, or if you’d just like an outing to view some lovely customised and highly individual bikes, just come along and enjoy. Come alone or with friends, bring the family, come by bike, car, pushbike, walk or use public transport, we’re easy!!
For more information, view the NOC website ‘events’ section, and the Oxford Branch page http://oxford.branches.nortonownersclub.org/cafe-racer-day-….”